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the dilemma of peat moss - seed starting alternatives?  RSS feed

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Antonio Scotti wrote:Hi
I have followed this discussion of the use (or non use rather!) of peat moss for seeds starting.
What about seeds stratification? What can be a substitute for peat moss for stratifing seeds successfully?

sand, vermiculite, perlite, peat, composted bark, sawdust, or potting media or as I said earlier something I call stump dirt (rotted wood from forest).
Good luck
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Thanks BeeDee, but in line with the original post that started this thread, I was looking for alternatives that are sustainable.
You include peat, vermiculite and perlite which aren't that sustainable.
Saw dust and sand might  be a good one but I wonder if it keeps humidity as well as peat moss. May be home-made potting media that has a lot of organic matter might also be a good choice I reckon.
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It is called leaf mold. Where leaves are compacted on the ground where springs come up they decompose slowly in an anaerobic condition and become a dark brown ore black powder. This in turn would wash out and settle in the retention dam.  When I drained the dam to empty the sediment I would divert it to the sandy soil in the orchard. the mix of sand and leaf mold was perfect for starting vegetable seeds.
I no longer live on the Wauna springs but an alternative is to fill the shallow ponds in my flood plain with grass over the winter. when I rake it out in the spring there is a layer of this anaerobic compost on the bottom which will withthe small amount of clay in it hold moisture when mixed with sand for my potting mix.
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